Author: Shelly Laurenston
Publication: Brava; Original edition (March 27, 2012)
Description: He's big, burly, and way smarter than your average shapeshifting bear. He's also about to get trapped by own his game...Lou Crushek is a reasonable, mellow, easygoing kind of guy. But once someone starts killing the scumbags he works so hard to bust, that really gets under his fur. Especially when that someone is a curvy she-tiger with a skill set that's turning Crush's lone-bear world upside down - and bringing his passion out of hibernation...As a member of an elite feline protection unit, Marcella Malone has no problem body-dropping anyone who hunts her kind. But Crush is proving one major pain in her gorgeous tail. The only reason she's joined forces with him is to track down the wealthy human who's got her entire species in his ruthless sights. It sure isn't because Crush's stubborn and contrary attitude is rubbing Cella in all the right ways...
My Thoughts: This was another fun episode in Laurenston's shifter series. This time the romance focuses on Cella Malone and Lou Crushek. She's a tiger and part of the Malones, a formidable Traveller family, a professional hockey player, and a contractor for KZS, an organization that protects feline shifters. Lou is a polar bear and a cop. He is honest, blunt, and an avid hockey fan. She is blunt, constantly teasing him, and a devoted mother.
The story starts when they wake up together - naked - after being at the same party and, in Crush's case, indulging in too many Jello shots. Cella loves to tease and torment him and all he wants is to get away. However, away isn't much of an option when he is transferred to a new precinct filled with shifters and is partnered with one of her good friends. The main problem that they are focusing on in this one is the strained rivalry between the other shifter groups and the bears who happen to be led by the foster mother Lou really hates.
Additionally, there is the problem of the big game hunts that like to abduct and use shifters, particularly lions and bears, and the focus of the hunt. And surrounding all the investigations is hockey. Being a hockey player is very important to Cella.
This story let me catch up on the lives of some of the characters in the earlier books of this series. Cella plays hockey with Novikov and Ric Van Holtz and is friends with their mates Blayne Thorpe and Dee Ann Smith. Novikov and Crush become friends in a very bear sort of way. I love the way Laurenston manages to fit in the animal traits in her characters' personalities.
Fans of the series won't want to miss this one.
"Define normal."I bought this one. You can get your copy here.
"Not you!" He dropped his hands, black eyes scowling. "Your world of brawling with old people is not normal. Verifying from the psychopath checklist that you're not a psychopath is not normal. Coming to my house on a random Sunday to bribe me to be your boyfriend is not normal!"
"You wouldn't be my boyfriend, just my pretend boyfriend."
Roaring, the bear suddenly picked Cella up, tossing her over his shoulder.
"Hey! What the hell!"
Ignoring her, he stalked through his house until he went out on his porch and down his steps. There, on his lawn, is where he dumped her.